Business Insider: California and Alabama are the only two states that aren’t participating in the giant antitrust investigation of Google, and neither is really saying why

Business Insider: California and Alabama are the only two states that aren’t participating in the giant antitrust investigation of Google, and neither is really saying why. “Xavier Becerra and Steve Marshall, the attorneys general of California and Alabama, respectively, are the only two holdouts in the joint state investigation of the two tech companies. It’s unclear why neither is taking part in the investigation, and neither offered much of an explanation.”

StateTech: California’s Looming Privacy Law Inspires Other States, Sparks Tech Opposition

StateTech: California’s Looming Privacy Law Inspires Other States, Sparks Tech Opposition. “On Jan. 1, 2020, California will begin enforcement of a sweeping new privacy law. The law emerges as a national model, inspiring other states to adopt similar measures. But businesses — and tech companies in particular — express reservations about its requirements.”

New York Times: Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future

New York Times: Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future. “When the company behind the disappearing-messages app took over multiple properties on the beach as it expanded, starting in 2012, it also posted guards who would shoo away anyone who wasn’t an employee and who lingered too long near a Snapchat entrance. In an oceanfront community still defined by hippie eccentricity, that didn’t go over well.”

University of California San Francisco: Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women

University of California San Francisco: Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women. “The tool, which was developed by researchers at UC San Francisco and the California Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Branch, is part of an ongoing study focused on understanding potential breast cancer risks related to workplace chemical exposures. Users can search the database by ethnicity/race, age, and occupation to see risk information on more than a thousand chemicals, sorted into 24 chemical groups, as well as which chemicals are likely to be present in various occupations.”

Fresno State News: State Lands Commission Partners With Madden Library To Digitize Map Collection

Fresno State News: State Lands Commission Partners With Madden Library To Digitize Map Collection. “The California State Lands Commission has entered into a contract with Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library to digitize the remainder of its map collection — about 50,000 maps — over the next three years. This continued contract follows an $87,000 grant over the past year to digitize about 20,000 maps.”

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter: Napa, California Mortuary Records are Now Online

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter: Napa, California Mortuary Records are Now Online. “A new database of funeral records from the Treadway & Wigger Funeral Home in Napa, California, just went online. This is an excellent resource for genealogists as the records are from the early 1900s to the early 2000s. Each online record includes photo(s) of index cards, but much more valuable are the photos of the complete funeral records.”

Law.com: With New Bot Law, California Puts Social Media Giants on Notice

Law.com: With New Bot Law, California Puts Social Media Giants on Notice. “California’s new bot law went into effect on July 1, which means it’s now officially illegal to use undeclared bots to incentivize a sale or influence an election. The parameters of the legislation are fairly narrow, targeting bots deployed ‘with the intent to mislead the other person about its artificial identity for the purpose of knowingly deceiving.'”